March 2013 Guild Meeting Minutes

We had a great March meeting with a large turnout and a number of new members joining our group.  Here is a brief rundown of what was covered:

1. Flaun called the meeting to order and welcomed new members and visitors. Introductions were made with "what's on your bucket list" as the question of the month.
2. March is our annual membership month and just about everyone came ready to renew their membership or join as new members.  Thank you all so much! If you missed the meeting, please remember that you can print off the membership form and bring it to the April meeting or mail it to the address on the form along with your check for $40 payable to MMQG.
3.  Flaun explained the need for establishing committees in order to allow more involvement from members.  The committees are --
     a. Charity
     b. Speakers & Programs
     c. Marketing/Outreach
     d. Hospitality
     e. Door Prizes
     f. Fundraising
     g. Web Support
Thank you to everyone who signed up for a committee.  We will have more information on these committees soon.
4. Kristin explained that as a paid member of the MMQG, everyone has access to the MN Textile Center Library.  Kristin L. will email the Textile Center an updated list of all paid members and you can then receive a library card from them and check out books.  They have a wonderful library and this is a great benefit of paid membership to our Guild.
5. We will have Welcome Packets for new members soon.  If you have a business and would like to donate something to the packet along with a business card, please let Flaun know.
6. Flaun is speaking at the MN Contemporary Quilters in May. She is looking for quilts to show during her presentation.  Please contact her if you are interested in loaning her your quilt(s) and/or helping out during this presentation.
7. Retreat information--we hope to host our own retreat sometime in the near future, but until then, the MN Contemporary Quilters have extended an invitation to us to join them on April 19-22 at Camp Wapo in Amery, WI.  The cost is $145 for two nights and $160 for three nights.  Here is the link to their website with all the details.
8. Kristin L. is hosting another Dye Workshop at the MN Textile Center on April 6th. The cost is $50 and this is an awesome workshop.  Watch our Facebook page for more information on this and how to sign up.
9. Our next Social is scheduled for March 27th at Common Roots Cafe at 6:30pm.  We have the backroom reserved for this very informal and casual meet-up.  Come when you can, order food if you're hungry and bring something to sew if you want.
10. This month's 10 Minute Tip was on how to hang your quilts given by Kristin and Sharon Schwartz.  Please see their blog post for more information on this topic (thank you ladies!).
11. Our monthly Block Lotto was Improv Flying Geese and Rebecca L. won (and could not have been happier!).  Next month's Lotto is a simple stacked coin strip.  Watch Facebook and the blog for the final vote on the color way and any additional information.
12. We had the Madrona Road Challenge Reveal and, as usual, it rocked.  Nice job people!

13. Show and Tell rocked as well. Below are pictures from both reveals--enjoy!

There were so many Medrona Road Challenge Fabric projects ready for show and tell, (and a few works in progress that we will get to see for final reveal, hopefully next month).

Lisa's challenge project:
: Lisa's Madrona Road Challenge quilt

Rozina's challenge project: and yes, those are paper pieced birds!
Rozina's Madrona Road Challenge quilt

Mary's challenge project, and if I remember correctly, every bit of the challenge fabric was used for this quilt.
Mary's Madrona Road Challenge quilt

Vanessa's challenge project
Vanessa's Madrona Road Challenge quilt

Chris' squares on point challenge project
Chris's Madrona Road Challenge quilt

Kristin's challenge quilt featured some cool machine blanket stitching for those butterflies.
Kristin L's Madrona Road Challenge quilt

Beth, one of our newest members brought show and tell for her first meeting, with this beautiful challenge reveal, extra bravery points! Beth's Madrona Road Challenge

A couple of our members couldn't resist bringing in some of the pink color way for this fun line,

Here's Tracy's project:
Tracy's Madrona Road Challenge quilt

And Flaun's:
Flaun's Madrona Road Challenge

We were all into Sharon's use of negative space on her challenge project:
Sharon's Madrona Road Challenge

We also had our regular show and tell with lots of great finished projects

Steffanie, one of our newest members, shared this ring of diamonds quilt
Steffanie's ring of diamonds quilt
Stephanie, another new member, submitted this one to the MN State Fair last year (4th place, hooray!). Those members with a bucket list item of submitting a quilt to the Fair were appropriately inspired.
Stephanie's state fair entry

Lisa made a cute spool quilt using selvages
Lisa's selvedge spool quilt

And this sweet chevron quilt
Lisa's chevron quilt

Nikol also made a chevron quilt and had fun doing bubble quilting with her longarm machine
Nikol's chevron

Vanessa completed two doll quilts
Vanessa's doll quilt Vanessa's doll quilt

Flaun made a Union Jack quilt
Flaun's Union Jack

Many of the quilts we saw tonight have great pieced backs as well, head on over to the flickr site for more inspiration.

14. Two-Bit Bags--we are trying something new at our meetings and selling $.25 raffle tickets to win various donated items.  To kick this off, the board members each donated the following items -- a bundle of Comma fabric, a bird pin cushion, a triangle ruler, the first issue of Generation Q magazine including two fat quarters and homemade pineapple jam.  Thank you all for your generous support in this initial endeavor; we raised $32.25 for the Guild which is huge!  Look for more information on how to donate something to this each month on our Facebook page.
15. Name Tags -- We encourage everyone to remember to wear their name tags if they already have one.  If you are interested in signing up for the Name Tag Exchange, please message Kristin L. on Facebook.  Otherwise, please feel free to make your own name tag for future meetings.  

APRIL MEETING:  Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 11 at Sewtropolis.  Social Hour starts at 6pm, with the meeting starting at 6:30pm. We will be hosting an Inter-Guild Garage Sale with all proceeds going to the Guild.  Please watch for more information on this on our Facebook page.

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